Is a Stand-Alone Tub, A Stand-Alone Shower, or a Combo Right for Me?

One of the most important decisions you will address when remodeling your bathroom is whether to install a standalone tub, a shower, or a tub/shower combo. The tub/shower combo has been the most popular bathroom option for years. However, the trend is changing. Bathroom remodels increasingly use separate tub and shower elements.

These trends have been bolstered by new tub & shower innovations. Some modern bathtubs blur the line between tub and Jacuzzi. Showers utilize new glass-coating technology. These make endless shower cleaning a thing of the past.

What is the best option for your bathroom? In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of each setup, as well as some things to think about depending on which route you choose.

Stand-Alone Tub

Standalone Tub in Bathroom

Tub Pros

  • Tubs are great for bathing small children
  • Bathtubs are perfect for a relaxing soak
  • Tubs come in both jetted and non-jetted variants
  • Large, jetted tubs can be quite Luxurious

Tub Cons

  • Tubs May be difficult for people with limited mobility
  • Bathtubs use a significant amount of water
  • Drawing a bath takes time
  • Requires a robust water heater

Stand-Alone Shower

Shower in New Bathroom Remodel

Shower Pros

  • Showers are quick and convenient
  • Most people enter and exit a shower easily
  • Showers take up minimal space – great for smaller bathrooms

Shower Cons

  • Showers are not feasible for small children
  • Showers may not be as relaxing as a soak in the tub

Tub & Shower Combo

Tub/Shower Combo in a Modern Bathroom

The tub/shower combo has traditionally been the most popular option for a reason. Combos cover the bases without taking up too much space. You can consider it the Jack of all trades. Adults can utilize the shower while still having the ability to bathe small children in the tub. However, most combos are too small to provide the luxurious feel of a standalone tub when taking a bath, while also not quite offering the same ease and convenience of the standalone shower. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and it is possible to capture a wonderfully luxurious feel with a tub/shower combo.

Separate Tub and Shower

Separate Tub & Shower Remodel

When considering a tub and shower separate from each other, the most vital requirement will be space. Separate tubs and showers take up significant space compared to the tub/shower combo. You’ll want to ensure you have ample space available before even considering transforming a combo bathroom into a bathroom with separates. The primary purpose for going with a separate tub and shower is usually luxury. Trying to squeeze too much in a small space can diminish the luxurious feel.

If you dohave the space available, installing a separate tub and shower can be a most luxurious option. With separates, you get the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy the convenience of being able jump in a quick shower or soak for hours in a soothing, decadent bath.

Prestige Bath Works Can Help!

No matter which option you’re considering, Prestige Bath Works of Salt Lake City will help determine the best options for you. Give us a call at 801-790-8990 to start the journey to your dream bath!

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